Dave Elliott: With Climate Change at the top of the agenda, the EU aims to be the first carbon neutral continent, working towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with a new climate law being enacted soon. That’s taken some fighting for and fiddling, given the opposition from heavy coal users like Poland, but there’s a proposed Just Transition mechanism to help countries like that move to carbon neutrality, with nuclear excluded from support for this. So renewables should boom even more. Renewables have certainly been doing well. Germany will soon get around half of its power from renewables, Portugal is already at over 54%, Denmark near 60%, while Sweden is at 66% and Austria over 70%. By 2030 some of these countries could be getting near 100% of their electricity from renewables and should also be beginning to meet significant shares of their heat and transport needs using renewables. Sweden already gets around 54% of all its energy from renewables, Norway and Iceland are both at around 70%.
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